Native American Group to Nike: Ax Chief Wahoo Logo
A Native American group wants Nike to stop selling products that display the Cleveland Indians mascot.
According to the Associated Press, a group called Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry "is planning a protest at Nike's Oregon headquarters in Beaverton this week and is running a social media campaign using the #Dechief hashtag."
"The fact that Nike is selling items that feed into the hostility toward Native Americans is really troubling," said the group's co-founder, Jacqueline Keeler. "Major businesses profit off of caricatures of our people. It would not be acceptable for any other group to be portrayed like this."
Keeler added that the Chief Wahoo mascot "hinders people's ability to see Native Americans as human beings, to know our diverse cultures and our issues" because "all people see is the stereotype of Indians with feathers. It makes it more difficult to accept tribes as they are today and prevents people from getting to know us."